SOFAAR Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat – Sold out!

SOFAAR is pleased to be hosting its first Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat the weekend of September 29th at the historic Queen Anne Inn in Annapolis Royal.

This event is SOLD OUT and the thirty participants will be enjoying a fibre-filled weekend which will include time to work on their own projects with like-minded individuals, a guided tour of the Fort Anne Tapestry, a wine and cheese reception at ARCAC to see the “Oh Canada” exhibit, a delicious catered meal at the Inn on Saturday night as well as time to check out the Farmers and Traders market and the vintage textile exhibit at the O’Dell museum.

We are looking forward to meeting all the participants and getting some more work done on our projects!

Fibre gathering lots of fun!

We were a small by happy group who met at Mrs. Nicholson Home on a rainy last Saturday but we happily knitted, embroidered, sewed and hooked for a few hours together.

Rachael, Tammy, Céleste and myself were joined by a young lady in Town for a visit who just happened to see our sign and also have her knitting with her.

We look forward to seeing more members out at our stitching gatherings.

If you would like to host one, please let us know at :

Tammy, a young knitter, Céleste and Rachael on August 19th.
Tammy, a young knitter, Céleste and Rachael on August 19th.

Fibre together this Saturday, August 19th

All are invited to participate in some Fibre Fun in the courtyard of Mrs. Nicholson Home at 212 Saint-George Street in Annapolis Royal this coming Saturday, August 19th between 1 and 4 pm.

Enjoy the wonderful Farmers and Traders market (8 am till 1 pm) and then come on over with your current project to work on or show off. Whatever you are working on, we would love to see it!

Spend some time with like-minded fibrephiles and share ideas and inspiration.

Please bring a chair, a hat and perhaps some sunscreen. The event will happen rain or shine as there is some room in the shop to stitch.

Hope to see you there.


Fibre Fun afternoon
1 to 4 pm
Mrs. Nicholson Home vintage shop courtyard
212 St-George St.

Annapolis Royal

July 30th – World Embroidery Day

July 30th is World Embroidery Day.

Find a way to celebrate !

Manifesto for World Embroidery Day 30th of July

Textile reflects our world; embroideries can show the expressions of our time. Embroidery and textiles can focus on the social injustices between countries.

By the means of embroidery we can draw attention to the necessity of engaging in the force of textile in global trade and with it in world peace. Textiles is a power and let us use embroidery as an inspiration for people to engage in creativity that leads to a better understanding between countries and between people.

To embroider is a peaceful occupation. It can be traditional made from a common remembrance, drawn designs, from a pattern, or from your own imagination. You em- broider for joy, beauty, decoration and for the creation of identity.

Stitches can be decorative, beautiful, comforting, repeating, healing, telling, plea- surable, rebellious, caressing and perfect.

People embroider out of joy, as a hobby, professionally, for the bare necessities of life and as an act of freedom. You embroider together with others or in meditative soli- tude.

We want to acknowledge embroidery as an act of free creativity, which can lead to free, creative thoughts and ideas. We want to tie our embroidery threads from the privi- leged northern hemisphere together with stiches that are sewn by embroidering sisters and brothers all over the world.

We want to be part of a joyfully creative peace movement.

The initiative came from Skåne Sy-d, a local group of Broderiakademin, the Swedish Embroiderer’s Guild. The rst World Embroidery Day took place in Vismarlöv, 30th July 2011. The importance of embroidery must be made known and World Embroidery Day will spread around the world. Make 30th July a day lled with creativity for the sake of Peace, Freedom and Equality.


Stitching in Paradise !

Eleven SOFAAR members and one guest came out to work on projects together last evening in the delightful Paradise Hall.

We all had a chance to get a couple of hours work done on all our projects and also enjoy some delicious blondies baked by Coryna !

We had knitting, hooking, quilting, edging, felting and cross-stitching all going on at once and it was, as it always is, interesting to see what everyone is up to.

We hope to see some more of you at our next evening event.

Many thanks to Coryna for preparing coffee, tea and sweets and to everyone who came out – from as far as Weymouth and Digby.

Cross-stitch, edging, quilting and knitting.
Cross-stitch, edging, quilting and knitting.
Ray says he still has a year and half to go on his five year cross stitch !
Ray says he still has a year and half to go on his five year cross stitch !
Audrey has a Maude Lewis piece on the go.
Audrey has a Maude Lewis piece on the go.
A beautiful felted bird by Brenda.
A beautiful felted bird by Brenda.
Cross-stitched horses.
Cross-stitched horses.
Kay knitting away.
Kay knitting away.
Christine getting the background worked.
Christine getting the background worked.

Fibre fun evening in Paradise: July 19th 6 to 9 pm

Come join us for a fun and relaxing fibre evening at the Paradise Hall on July 19th between 6 and 9 pm.


Drop in anytime in the evening!

All members are welcome to come and bring the project they are working on and enjoy a social evening. There will be tea and coffee and sweets and lots of people to share ideas with and to show and tell your latest work whatever fibre it may be!

The Paradise Hall is located at 10300 Highway One in Paradise.

Celebrating a love of stitching!
Celebrating a love of stitching!


Felting workshop with Leslie MacFarlane: June 24th

If you loved Leslie’s felting demonstration at the Come Play with Us event, you will want to be part of this upcoming workshop on June 24th.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!


Nunofelt Wall Décor with Shibori Technique

Come join us and learn the art of nunofelting. In this workshop, we will create a nunofelt piece and then learn to incorporate the shibori technique to add more texture and interest. We will also cover adding beads for embellishment. Once completed, we will prepare the piece for framing. The finished piece will be ready to mount in an 11” x 14” frame (not included). Feel free to bring along any small embellishments that you may like to incorporate. The materials provided will be in the same colour scheme as the sample. You will need to bring an old towel, small bucket and a pair of small scissors for cutting thread. Open to all skill levels.

Saturday June 24th from 10-4
Granville Ferry Hall – 5352 Granville Rd Bring along a lunch.

Cost: $75 for SOFAAR members – $85 for non-members Maximum number: 10

Please email Heather Garner at or call evenings or weekends 902-638-8879 to arrange payment and secure your spot.

Leslie demonstrating wet felting
Leslie demonstrating wet felting


June members’ exhibit

Coming right up in conjunction with Annapolis Royal’s First Friday events, is our 2nd annual Fabulous Fibre Show and Tell.

Many of the 90 SOFAAR members will be displaying their fibre creations at the Saint Luke Parish Hall in Annapolis Royal on Friday evening June 2nd between 6 and 9 pm and again on Saturday from 10 to 3 pm.

We hope you will all come out and see what wonderful work is being done.

Admission is free!

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“Come Play with Us” a great success

With over 225 people coming through the door of the Firehall on Saturday, April 23rd, “Come Play with Us” was a great success for everyone. 23 demonstrators (members and non-members of SOFAAR) spent the day talking and demonstrating about their favourite fibre art. We had everything from knitting (including spool-knitting) and crochet to quilting, needlepoint and surface embroidery, Swedish weaving, needlefelting, spinning, basket making and hooking.

We were delighted to see so many families come out and spend several hours trying all kinds of techniques. The children were fascinated by the hooking and wet felting. Many visitors were intrigued by Swedish weaving and the spinning. We even had a “sew on a button” station which young and old both had a go at!

SOFAAR would like to thank “Awesome Annapolis” for their $1,000 grant which enabled us to promote this event.

We look forward to seeing you all at our members’s exhibit on June 2nd and 3rd at the Saint-Luke’s Parish Hall in Annapolis Royal.


Learning to quilt
Learning to quilt
Learning to hook
Learning to hook
Leslie demonstrating wet felting
Leslie demonstrating wet felting